This is a large plate from Rapid Creek , sprinkled with sharp, lustrous pseudo-octaherdal wardite crystals up to 0.5 cm. In association, some sparklind deep blue lazulite crystals are present (micro). The specimen is in good condition overall, with many complete undamaged wardite crystals in excellent condition, and there are also spots where crystals are missing, incomplete and chipped crystals. The fact that this specimen is not perfect is thanks to Mother Nature and the the collapsed vein, as these features were coated by iron mineralization and revealed after I had done chemical cleaning. In any event, this is a nice cabinet specimen with beautiful glassy crystals of wardite.
About these Yukon Phosphates
Discovered in the 1970s, the occurrences at Rapid Creek have become known as among the best localities in the world for phosphate species. At Rapid Creek, many of the minerals are the finest known for the species. The specimens in this update are from the 1980s and 1990s, the heyday period for specimen discoveries at Rapid Creek.